A single mother was fired after selling Girl Scout cookies at her workplace.
My Fox DC reported that, after 28 years of employment on the American University campus, Tracy Lewis was fired for selling Girl scout cookies to help her daughter.
The management company of Bon Appetite, the campus restaurant Lewis worked for, sent her letter of termination stating that she committed a gross misconduct for soliciting and operating a personal business.
“I had the cookies on a cart, and I would never ask anyone to buy them, ” Lewis says.”But, If they wanted to buy some, I would sell them.”
The Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scouts Council released a statement in relation to the occurrence.
“Girl scout cookie sales are a girl-led, entrepreneurial program. We want the girls to be taking the lead,” COO Colleen Cibula wrote.
Lewis, a single mother of a 12-year-old daughter and a son in college, is now unemployed after nearly three decades at American University, the only place she’s ever worked.
Troop Leader Alina McClerkin fears this may have a negative effect on the “cookie moms” in the Girl Scouts organization.
“A cookie mom is a selfless person. She doesn’t profit from any of this in any way. She’s doing it out of the goodness of her heart,” McClerkin says. “I don’t think anyone should be terminated for doing such a charitable thing.”
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